Often overlooked for more colourful cities like Cartagena and Medellin, Bogota is worth exploring. The city is the intellectual backbone of Colombia and home to some of the most impressive museums in the Americas. In the Candelaria neighbourhood, museums such as the Centro Cultural Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a peaceful haven where students and academics come to immerse themselves in a culturally stimulating environment. Behind thick steel doors, the Museu del Oro (Gold Museum) protects over 50,000 pieces of pre-Hispanic sculpted gold. For something more contemporary, take a graffiti tour through the city with a guide who will explain the political and social implications behind these striking works of art. Or visit one of the many colourful markets in the city, with products ranging from fresh flowers and fruit to art and antiques.